The Botanic Garden: A Poem. In Two Parts, Volume 2

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J. Johnson, 1799 - Botany
 

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A science book in the form of a poem? Erasmus Darwin was more of a romantic than his famous son, Charles, and chose the poetic style to acquaint the reader with the history and nature of the system of ... Read full review

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Page 156 - it is remarkable that all the diseases from drinking spirituous or fermented liquors are liable to become hereditary, even to the third generation, gradually increasing, if the cause be continued, till the family becomes extinct."* We need not endeavour to trace farther the remote causes of drunkenness.
Page 78 - The calm philosopher in ether sails, Views broader stars, and breathes in purer gales; Sees like a map, in many a waving line, Round earth's blue plains her lucid waters shine ; Sees at his feet the forky lightnings glow, And hears innocuous thunders roar below.
Page 83 - First, with nice eye, emerging Naiads cull From leathery pods the vegetable wool ; With wiry teeth revolving cards release The tangled knots, and smooth the ravell'd fleece : Next moves the iron hand with fingers fine, Combs the wide card, and forms th
Page 111 - ... friend disclose, No sunbeam enters, and no zephyr blows, He treads, inemulous of fame or wealth, Profuse of toil, and prodigal of health, With...
Page 101 - Graces dress'd in flowery wreaths, And tiptoe Joys their hands combine ; And Love his sweet contagion breathes, And laughing dances round thy shrine. Warm with new life, the glittering throng On quivering fin and rustling wing, Delighted join their votive songs, And hail thee, goddess of the spring.
Page 165 - Thron'd in the vaulted heart, his dread resort, Inexorable Conscience holds his court; With still small voice the plots of Guilt alarms, Bares his mask'd brow, his lifted hand disarms ; But, wrapp'd in night with terrours all his own, He speaks in thunder, when the deed is done. Hear him, ye Senates ! hear this truth sublime, " HE WHO ALLOWS OPPRESSION SHARES THE CRIME.
Page 150 - And, sighing, hid them in her blood-stained vest. From tent to tent the impatient warrior flies, Fear in his heart and frenzy in his eyes; Eliza's name along the camp he calls,
Page 89 - ... foliage, and her silken flowers ; Her virgin train the tender scissors ply, Vein the green leaf, the purple petal dye ; Round wiry stems the flaxen tendril bends Moss creeps below, and waxen fruit impends. Cold Winter views amid his realms of snow Delany's vegetable statues blow ; Smoothes his stern brow, delays his hoary wing And eyes with wonder all the blooms of spring.
Page 66 - I've no need to be taught; I came for your counsel to find out a fault." "If that's all," quoth Reason, "return as you came; To find fault with Hebe, would forfeit my name.
Page 244 - August at sun-set, and for half an hour when the atmosphere was clear ; but after a rainy day, or when the air was loaded with vapours, nothing of it was seen. The following flowers emitted flashes more or less vivid, in this order: — 1.

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